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Associate Director, ESG Integration
Michael Viehs joined Hermes in 2015, initially as part of Hermes EOS, and transferred to the Responsibility Office in 2018. He is responsible for the integration of ESG information across the investment strategies of all public market equity and credit funds. He also leads the firm’s ESG research activities, proving the value-add from incorporating ESG information into investment decisions.
Michael is also responsible for corporate engagements at the executive and board level on ESG and strategic issues with German DAX corporations. Before his appointment at Hermes, Michael was Research Director at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
His work on responsible investment, corporate governance, and stewardship has been published in Corporate Governance: An International Review and Annals of Social Responsibility. He is co-author of the widely recognised study “From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder – How Sustainability Can Drive Financial Outperformance” and contributed a chapter on active ownership to the recently published book Re-Imagining Capitalism (Oxford University Press) edited by Dominic Barton, Dezsö Horvath, and Matthias Kipping.
Michael holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment